Dave’s Definitive Must-Read Business Books – Pick Dave’s Brain

What’s your favorite book in your library?

This week’s question comes from Carlos:

Q: Hey Dave, this is Carlos from Ventura, California. I’ve watched a lot of your courses in www.linkedinlearning.com and I have a question for you.

If you could share one book from your existing library with someone like me, a thirty-one-year-old in the workforce, what one book would that be?

Thanks!

Click to tweet this: Stephen R. Covey inspired me to put people first. That’s why I put his book first on this list. @DaveCrenshaw

Video transcript:

What’s your favorite book in your library? I’m Dave Crenshaw and it’s time to Pick Dave’s Brain!

This week’s question comes from Carlos.

Carlos:

Hey, Dave, this is Carlos from Ventura, California. I’ve watched a lot of your courses in www.linkedinlearning.com and I have a question for you.

If you could share one book from your existing library with someone like me, a thirty-one-year-old in the workforce, what one book would that be?

Thanks!

Dave Crenshaw:

Well, this is a fun question Carlos and it’s really hard to answer because I’ve got a lot of books in my library. A lot of different ones for different situations.

I am going to provide a full list of books that I recommend to people such as my clients. I am going to put that on my website with this post. And then I am going to highlight three books in this video. One, you’ve probably all heard of and two maybe you haven’t gotten to yet.

The first is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Now this book, to me, inspired the whole idea that I could help people with time management and productivity in their life.

To me, this is a masterpiece of self-help and business literature. It spawned an entire empire of training and I believe there’s so much good material in here. The idea that you put others first when you’re communicating with them, or that you have a clear goal in mind. This book has so much material. You could spend years trying to master it and still not get it all in.

The second book that I would recommend is The Freak Factor by David Rendall. Now I happen to be good friends with the author, but I constantly refer to concepts in his book. The basic idea is who you are, what makes you weak is actually your greatest strength. And rather than trying to take your weaknesses and turn them into strengths, you should instead emphasize your strengths and emphasize your weaknesses. That will help you be more successful in your career.

And the third book, I am going to recommend one of mine. If you’re an entrepreneur or you are in a business, you should read The Focused Business. That, to me, emphasizes everything that you should know as an entrepreneur in how to avoid the most common pitfalls. It helps you fight chaos and become more focused in your day-to-day activities.

So, hopefully, this gives you a starting point for your reading Carlos!

And if you would like to pick Dave’s brain, all you need to do is click on the button underneath this video. Or go to DaveCrenshaw.com/ask.

I look forward to getting your question.

Dave’s Recommended Book list (in no particular order):


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